How to Create Dimensional Characters—Beyond the Wound & Into the Blind Spot

Kristen Lamb, excellent writer and teacher has created a blog post which is not only entertaining, but teaching a very interesting and important lesson about the creation of characters.

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Today, we’re going to explore an extension of the WOUND. The BLIND SPOT. There are no perfect personalities. All great character traits possess a blind spot. The loyal person is a wonderful friend, but can be naive and taken advantage of.

The take-charge Alpha leader can make a team successful, but also inadvertently tromp over feelings or even fail to realize that others have great ideas, too. Maybe even BETTER ideas.

A super caring, nurturing personality can be an enabler or maybe even ignore close relationships to take care of strangers. Someone who is great with money can end up a miser. A person with a fantastic work ethic can become a workaholic.

Y’all get the gist.

Often the antagonist (Big Boss Troublemaker) is a mirror of the protagonist, especially in the beginning of the story.

To use an example from a movie we have likely all seen. In Top…

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4 thoughts on “How to Create Dimensional Characters—Beyond the Wound & Into the Blind Spot

  1. Hi,
    I like her opening statement that there are no perfect personalities. It is hard to write characters with flaws when the world is demanding perfection and super heroes or heroines.
    Shalom,
    Patti

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    1. This is an excellent thought Patti. I understand quite well what you mean. I too try to “build in” some flaws to make my characters easy to memorize. But then, it’s even harder when you try to create a character who should be loved…

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